Ambulance trust sees call increase

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MORE than four calls a minute were being handled by an ambulance service during New Year’s Eve.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said it received 1,544 calls between 10pm on December 31, to 4am on January 1 – an increase of more than 20 per cent on last year.

The top reasons for people calling were to report assaults, falls, breathing problems, trauma and mental health issues.

Chief executive Paul Sutton said the Christmas and New Year period was always a busy time.

He said: ‘I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts, hard work and commitment this period and 2012.’